Emma grew up working with people with disabilities and has a passion for connecting with others. This passion for human connection pushed her to study Spanish, to open the door to connecting with Spanish speakers in the United States and around the world. Emma studied at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia in the summer of 2019, further sparking her interest in Latin American language, culture, and literature. Emma hopes to continue fostering meaningful relationships across ability and language barriers.
Alejandro is a Venezuelan journalist who has worked and written for different media entities, such as El Tiempo, of Bogotá, TalCual, of Caracas, and Diario Las Américas, of Miami. He is also the author of the book Auge y crisis del IV poder, La prensa en democracia (Rise and Crisis of the 4th Estate, The Press in Democracy). After working for more than 10 years in newsrooms and experiencing from close up the meaningful changes that have taken place in his home country and the region as a whole, Alejandro found in literature a special arena to understand Latin American reality. He is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Alabama, in order to make connections between journalism and literature in the XXI century.
Kathleen graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 2020, summa cum laude. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Kathleen was awarded the Sigma Delta Pi Undergraduate Study Abroad Award in 2019 and the Modern Language Award in 2020. She spent much of her time studying Spanish, cultural anthropology, and linguistics as well as traveling abroad. Kathleen is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in linguistics at the University of Alabama.
Ivano Fulgaro is a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at The
University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. He graduated in Italy with a Diploma Universitario in
Translation and Interpreting in Italian, Spanish, and English from the University of Chieti-Pescara, and obtained a Master of Arts in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon with Spanish and Italian as languages of specialization.
I graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013 with a BA in Spanish and a BS in Biology. After completing my undergraduate studies, I spent a year living in Madrid, Spain, to nurture my love of the Spanish language and culture. Now I am completing my first year as a PhD Student in Romance Languages in the Modern Languages and Classics department at UA with a concentration in Spanish linguistics. In my spare time, you can probably find me in a coffee shop with an iced quad espresso in hand.
Lauren graduated from The University of Alabama with majors in Spanish and International Studies and with a minor in Music. After graduating, she worked at a non-profit that provided free income tax preparation for communities across Alabama and put her Spanish skills to the test trying to explain tax jargon to people. Even though it was hard she absolutely loved using Spanish to make a necessary service more accessible to members of her home state. She is now working towards her MA in Spanish with a concentration in linguistics.
First and foremost, Jim loves language. Different languages offer different views on life, and being able to speak to someone in their language opens up a whole new world for everyone. Jim is passionate about language and culture and loves video games, fantasy novels, cooking for friends, and reasonably priced coffee.
Jim is a Tuscaloosa native but moved to Oxford, MS, to earn a BA from the University of Mississippi. Jim is excited to be back in Tuscaloosa, especially for such a great program!
Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Samford University in 2012 with a BA in Spanish. During her time at Samford she served as the Spanish Club President, received the Juan Manuel Sampere Samford in Spain scholarship, and earned the World Languages and Cultures Award in Portuguese and Spanish for the 2011-2012 academic year. After completing a summer internship with the Samford in Spain program in 2012, Sarah began working toward an MAEd in Spanish and ESL at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, which she completed in December of 2014. At UAB she was recognized as the Outstanding ESL Masters Student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for the 2014-2015 academic year. In 2015 she began teaching as an ESL Educator at Samford University, and in 2016 she began teaching first year Spanish courses at Samford University.
Sarah is a second year PhD student in Spanish Linguistics at The University of Alabama and teaches Spanish as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She is the 101 Level Coordinator for the Spanish Basic Language Program and also is serving as the Communications Chair for the 2019 University of Alabama Languages Conference.
Bryan is from York, Pennsylvania. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 2020 with a BA in Spanish and minor in Global & Cultural Perspectives. His passion for languages, teaching, and culture is mirrored by both his academic and extracurricular endeavors related to Spanish. In his free time, Bryan enjoys cooking, listening to music, and traveling.